We’re wrapping up our 3-part series on arthritis this week by focusing on helpful assistive devices for when you aren’t at home.
Awesome arthritis assistance outside home includes:
This support handle attaches into a car or truck door striker on the door frame. It can handle weights up to 300 pounds due to its forged steel shaft, yet it has a soft “non-slip” grip for stability and comfort.
This portable seat rotates 360 degrees in any direction, making it easy for one with back and/or hip pain to get in/out of a car. It has a foam cushion for padding and is comfortable to sit on, even for extended periods.
Rollators offer far more than a standard walker does. The hand-operated breaks are ergonomically designed with an easy-grip system that is perfect for those with limited dexterity. Each rollator also comes with a basket and seat for resting. All 4 legs come with standard wheels for easy maneuvering; the rollator folds up compactly when not in use.
This portable grab bar is perfect for traveling. The flip-up easy release tab allows simple installation and removal, and it is held onto the wall by powerful suction cups. We recommend reapplying the suction before each use for a firmer hold on the wall. Note, be sure to check that you do not apply it to a porous surface, as it will not get a good suction.
travel bags with wheels
Don’t strain your shoulders and back carrying heavy luggage items. Travel bags of all sizes today offer wheels and handles to make transporting easier. One helpful tip: push the bag ahead of you instead of drag it behind you.
These light-weight aluminum canes fold compactly when not in use. They are adjustable in height, much like a standard aluminum cane. Plus, the T-shaped handle provides a comfortable grip.
Yes, we already bragged on this versatile helper in our earlier post on arthritis devices helping in the house, but it truly is a great tool for outside the home as well. If you’re out shopping, you can reach high/low items with it. If you drop your keys in the floorboard, you can retrieve them. There are countless scenarios where a reacher comes in handy. You may want one with a shorter length for use outside the home.
Great for indoor and outdoor use, scooters are a great option for many who have difficulty walking long distances. They are available with either a 3 or 4 wheel base, and the GoGo Elite (featured in the photo) can travel up to 10 miles on a single charge. This scooter has an easy disassembly with the heaviest piece only weighing 28 pounds, making it easily fit in the trunk of a compact car.
What other aides have you found helpful when traveling?